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In 1879, Dr. Thomas West Harris helped found the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's medical department. He received no salary, but practiced in the town for income. During his tenure, a woman's body disappeared from a local graveyard. Some thought students dug it up for anatomy class. The incident led to the passage of a law in 1885 by the General Assembly that made grave robbing a felony. Also in 1885, Harris resigned from the university, claiming that his practice had grown too large.
North Carolina's research hospitals are on the cutting edge of medical research in fields such as AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. Researchers at Duke University are examining AIDS vaccines and the movement of cells, while researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are building a computer network that allows doctors to use simulated models to deliver radiation treatment. Additionally, researchers are Wake Forest University are focusing on chronic diseases, while collaborative projects between UNC-Charlotte and Carolinas Medical Center include examination of the interaction between heart vessels and lasers.